House approves OP budget in less than a minute

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) today unanimously approved in less than a minute the proposed 2018 budget of the Office of the President (OP) in the amount of P6.03 billion.

On motion of Rep. Edcel Lagman (1st District, Albay), the committee dispensed with the presentation of the OP's proposed 2018 appropriation and terminated the discussion.

I move, consistent with tradition, that we dispense with the presentation of the proposed 2018 budget of the Office of the President proper, and I further move that we approve at the committee level said proposed appropriation without prejudice to its consideration and interpellation during the plenary session, Lagman said.

Lagman's motion was seconded by House Majority Leader Rodolfo FariAas (1st District, Ilocos Norte).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea expressed his appreciation to the House members for their steadfast support for President Rodrigo Duterte.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the House of Representatives for the support and assistance they have extended to the President, Medialdea said.

The Office of the President's proposed budget for 2018 is P6.03 billion, which is 70 percent lower than its current 2017 appropriation of P20.1 billion. The bulk or P15 billion of the OP budget for this year has been allotted for the country's hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits and other related events.

The proposed appropriation of P6.031 billion is broken down as follows:Personnel Services (PS), P994.159 million; Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), P4.666 billion; and Capital Outlay (CO), P370.190 million.

Source: House of Representatives

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